Forgot your password?

We just sent you an email, containing instructions for how to reset your password.

Sign in

  • The Bass Pro Shop is near to the Patriot Place where the New England Football team calls home. The shop is a misnomer - its really a mega store for killing animals. The scale is made possible with computerized inventory management. Its the opposite of a flea market where everything is infused with personal memory. The store is decorated with fake nature. The central feature is a waterfall, several moose and a whale. Everywhere you look there is quality taxidermy, weapons, and the paraphernalia needed to join the hunter culture. This photograph was taken of the display atop the gun counter. It reminded me of natural science.

    When my son was very young we would go to the natural history museum in Cleveland Ohio. Before Animal Planet the most vivid imaginings of habitat were nature dioramas. I loved the way real physical objects would magically transform into a painting. My son would get jittery around the taxidermy. Once, I told him the animals were stuffed with fluff and most had been dead for quite some time. Like pillows? he asked. "Yes, like pillows" I answered.
    • Share

    Connected stories:

About

Collections let you gather your favorite stories into shareable groups.

To collect stories, please become a Citizen.

    Copy and paste this embed code into your web page:

    px wide
    px tall
    Send this story to a friend:
    Would you like to send another?

      To retell stories, please .

        Sprouting stories lets you respond with a story of your own — like telling stories ’round a campfire.

        To sprout stories, please .

            Better browser, please.

            To view Cowbird, please use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer.